Ford: Trail Blazers Get An 'A" For The Offseason
Today over at ESPN.com, Chad Ford grades the offseason performance
of every Western Conference team. The Trail Blazers, by virtue of drafting CJ McCollum and Allen Crabbe, trading for Robin Lopez and Thomas Robinson and signing Dorell Wright and Earl Watson, are one of three teams that Ford gives an "A".
GM Neil Olshey has been quietly rebuilding the Blazers while keeping up appearances that this might be a playoff team. With the addition of two more lottery picks in McCollum and Robinson, the Blazers have somehow managed to inject new blood into the franchise without giving up any of their key core players.
All in all, Olshey has proven to be quite adept at sniffing out bargains in the market and pouncing on them. Not only do the Blazers have intriguing young players at every position on the floor, they also look talented enough to make a real run at the eighth seed in the West. In a few years, they may be far more dangerous than simply a team that you don't want to play in the first round.
Earlier this week, Bill Simmons wrote that he thought the Trail Blazers could grab the seventh seed
, so it sounds like the folks in Bristol are expecting the Trail Blazers to return to the post-season in 2014 after a two-year hiatus.